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Signal Fact 61

British Railways developed its automatic warning system (AWS) in the 1950s.

General introduction started towards the end of the decade.

This page should be regarded as “Work in Progress”. The webmaster will welcome additional information for this page.

County pages contain details of Industrial and other Private lines that do not form part of any of the principally listed companies on this web site. RailRefs generally remain un-numbered in the county lists.

In the list below the information is set out in tabular form, spread over four columns. The column entries are -

RailRef The Line Code used in RailRef system.
Line Detail The principal locations included within the Line Code. They are arranged in 'down' direction order. Locations shown are primarily stations and junctions to allow easy cross check against published atlases. Signal box names appear in italics where these are 'intermediate' to stations or have been shown to facilitate links from other pages on this web site. The inclusion of a station or junction name does not imply that there was always a signal box of that same name!
SBR The section reference used in the relevant Signal Box Register published by the Society.
ELR The corresponding Engineer's Line Reference(s). This will be blank for railways that never came within British Railways terms of reference. It will also be blank where British Railways had no surviving responsibility for infrastructure at the time the ELR system came into use.

RailRef Line Detail SBR ELR

Granville Colliery Co Ltd
Off MR181
Granville Colliery, Swadlincote SK 306 191. No.1 pit connected to MR181 at SK 307 188. No.2 pit opened 1887 (SK 307 191) and connected to MR181 at SK 310 190. Merged with Rawdon 1967 and surface closed 1968.

Halls Collieries Ltd
Off MR181
Cadley Hill Colliery, Castle Gresley SK 278 192. Triangular junction with MR at SK 278 193. Remodelled 1962 with extensive sidings alongside MR line.
Off MR181
Swadlincote Colliery & Sanitary Pipeworks, Swadlincote SK 291 194. Colliery: triangular junction with MR at SK 291 197. Pipe works: triangular connection to MR at SK 290 096. A second pipe works: connection to MR west of colliery connection.
Off MR185
Bretby (No.3) Colliery, Newhall SK 273 200.

Hawfields Brick & Pipeworks Ltd
Stanton Colliery & Hawfields Works, Newhall SK 283 197. Triangular junction with MR at SK 281 194 and SK 287 196. thence to colliery. Closed 1927 but new access to MR created at SK 281 194 which closed in 1953.

John Knowles (Wooden Box) Ltd
Mount Pleasant Firebrick & Pipe Works, Woodville, SK 311 184. Connected to MR at SK 308 189 and ran mile to works. Closed 1964. Also narrow gauge internal.

Ministry of Supply
Kings Newton Depot SK 390 268. 1940-1958.

Moira Colliery Co Ltd
Church Gresley Colliery, Church Gresley, SK 293 181. Ran north-west from MR at SK 298 178. Merged with Cadley Hill 1967.
Coton Park Colliery & Brick Works, Linton, SK 273 177. Ran south-west from MR at SK 272 182. Closed 1959.

Thomas Wragg & Sons Ltd
Hillside Sanitary Pipeworks, Swadlincote, SK 305 194. Connection with MR at SK 302 199 from 1894. Connection to Anchor works at SK 301 195 added c1907. Closed c1950. Also extensive narrow gauge lines.


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